SHIPLAKE COLLEGE came from behind to defeat Magdalen College School in a fixture that was moved indoors due to freezing
SHIPLAKE COLLEGE came from behind to defeat Magdalen College School in a fixture that was moved indoors due to freezing temperatures and a slippery court.
The visitors made the better start to the game, taking the lead in the first quarter as they were the first to find their range with their passing.
Steadily the Shiplake girls warmed to their task with their handling skills becoming more assured.
At the back Sammy Hildred made some key interceptions while alongside her Alice White read the play well, anticipated the Magdalen College School attacks and was increasingly first to the ball. As the game progressed Shiplake raised their intensity and became more aggressive in their tackling, limiting the visitors’ passing options.
With an ever-improving flow of possession from Libby Harman and Trudi Lister, with plenty of movement from Sophie Arnold, the Shiplake girls improved their percentage of possession.
Arnold, showing her adaptability and experience, scored eight goals while Anna Proctor’s clinical finishing helped her to find the net for a personal tally of six.
Heading into the final session Shiplake held a slender 11-9 lead but the home team were steadily growing in confidence and they began to exert their authority, stifling the visitors’ attacks and scoring a further three unanswered goals.